While it may not seem like much, the World Health Organization (WHO) just released a 27-page report on CBD. Their conclusion? Not only is CBD not dangerous, it is also not addictive. While consumers may already know this to be true, such large-scale support is unprecedented.
The World Health Organization (WHO) released a new report from their Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD). This report, which focussed solely on cannabidiol (CBD), represents a huge leap forward in dispelling past misunderstandings surrounding the cannabinoid.
The World Health Organization is a United Nations body trusted by countries all around the world. Because of that, this report will be integral in how CBD is viewed from here onward. Before diving into what the report states, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page regarding what CBD/CBD oil is and what it does.
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION REPORT
Now that we’re all up to speed on what CBD can bring to recreational consumers and medical patients, we can further analyse the WHO report. We recommend you read this piece of literature in full, but we shall address the main implications of the report. The piece examines what CBD is, its chemistry, uses, pharmacology, toxicology, and even dependence and abuse potential. It’s 27 pages on just one cannabinoid, which is exactly what this world needs: more unbiased information about cannabis!
The sections regarding CBD’s addiction and abuse potential represent an unprecedented opinion from such an influential organisation. In a complementary article, the ECDD sums up the information by stating: “Current evidence also shows that cannabidiol is not likely to be abused or create dependence as for other cannabinoids (such as Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), for instance)”. Although cannabis does not contain any chemically addictive compounds, the high induced by THC can become cognitively associated with pleasure, which in turn, might lead to a form of dependence or psychological addiction.
But the even greater news is how the ECDD interprets this information. They continue: “The ECDD, therefore, concluded that current information does not justify scheduling of cannabidiol”.
This is extremely good news because it will place more pressure on countries and organisations around the world to reconsider their legislation. This article not only shows how harmless CBD is, but how its illegal status is somewhat irresponsible from a health standpoint. We cannot state with certainty what consequences this report will have, but what we are sure of is that it’s a great step for the cannabis community and patients in need of this medicine.